A vicious child-killer stalked
The next certain victim was Kristine Mihelich, 10, who vanished in Berkely on January 2nd, 1977, and her corpse located nineteen days later in Franklin Village. Like the others, her body had been cleaned after her killer suffocated her death. The last of the series seems to be Timothy King, 11, who went missing on March 11th in
Other killings that occurred in the area at the same time have been tentatively linked to the series. Cynthia Cadieux, 16, was abducted and bludgeoned to death on
Though the body count is disputable, there is one thing for certain. At least one serial killer plied his trade in the normally quiet communities of
The Oakland County Child Killer terrorized families in the mid 1970s, abducting and murdering at least 4 children.
Grant is currently locked up in the Indiana Department of Correction Westville Correctional Center which is located in northwest
Chip St. Clair is Michael Dean Grant’s son, and he believes there’s a chance that his father is the killer that police have been looking for.
"He was a child murderer on the run, during the exact time, in the exact area, that these crimes happened," St. Clair explained.
Some investigators have learned that in 1968, Grant was the prime suspect in the mysterious death of his ex-wife’s 18-month-old son, but he was never charged with that crime.
Grant was arrested 2 years later, in his home town of
According to the police report, Michael Dean Grant had been babysitting his girlfriend’s 2 young sons. Police say during the boys’ evening bath, Grant savagely beat the children, ultimately killing the 3-year-olds.
Chip St. Clair told investigators, "I spoke to one of the officers, he was the first to arrive at the scene of the crime. 30-years-later, he remembers it as if it had happened yesterday. He said it was the most brutal crime he had seen in his life."
Grant was sent to prison, but his new girlfriend, Chip’s mother, helped him escape. Chip says his mother and Michael Grant changed their identities, and moved to
Chip says he had to endure years of abuse at the hands of his convicted child killing father.
"He would grab me and slam me up against the wall. He would choke me," Chip said. "He’d get violent if you put too many ice cubes in his glass of diet coke, or too few ice cubes, or if the vacuum lines weren’t exactly straight, or if the pillows weren’t fluffed."
In 1998, Chip learned the truth about his father, and sent him back to prison. Since then, Chip has come across some strange information that might provide clues in the child killings.
"I’ve had somebody come forward since I’ve been on national media, who expressed their anguish with seeing my father’s face on TV. They said, ‘That was the man who tried to abduct me back in the winter of ’76-’77. I am positive.’"
Chip says shortly after that alleged abduction attempt in Warren, the 3rd victim of the Oakland County Child Killer was found.
Chip also says bizarre items found inside a trunk in his parents’ home raised questions, including baby teeth, locks of hair, and photographs of other children that Chip doesn’t recognize.
"Was there another child that they had in their care, at some point?" Chip wondered. Chip doesn’t know how it all ads up, he just wants to help detectives find out if Michael Dean Grant is the Oakland County Child Killer.
"It’d be foolish not to at least rule him out as a suspect," Chip reasoned.
While Grant was living in
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